MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Why wait till the end of the year to vote for TIME magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ when you can vote now for who you think should be proclaimed ‘Filipina of the Year?’
The Adobo Chronicles has narrowed down your possible choices to the best of the best Filipinas for the year 2017.
You can help determine the winner by voting in our online poll. Check back often for real-time results.
The finalists are:
Vice President or is it Fake VP Leni Robredo
Incarcerated Senator Leila de Lima
Senator Risa Hontiveros
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
Blogger Raissa Robles (we’ve even thrown in her husband Alan)
COMELEC Chair Andy Bautista’s estranged wife, Tish Bautista (ehem)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he has been denied a U.S. visa in the past when he sought to visit a girlfriend in America.
Now that he’s president, it would be very easy for him to secure a U.S. visa, right? Wrong! Not with Donald Trump’s proposed policy limiting legal immigration.
The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE Act, favors people between the ages of 26 and 30 with a doctorate, high English proficiency and a job offer with a high salary.
In a simulated test (courtesy: Time magazine), one must earn a minimum of 30 points in order to qualify to apply for a U.S. visa.
Let’s see how Duterte fares in this test:
So there you have it, Duterte scores a total of 15 points, not even half of the minimum required to apply for a U.S. visa.
But it doesn’t matter, Duterte thinks the U.S. is a “lousy” country anyway.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There can never be enough beauty and other pageants in the Philippines. In fact, this country of more than 100 million people is often referred to as the pageant capital of the world. We’ve had our fair share of international pageant crowns.
Now comes yet another pageant like no other, sponsored by top local media like Inquirer, ABS-CBN and Rappler.
It’s a twin pageant in search of the very first ‘ Mutya ng Masa’ and ‘Reyna ng Intriga.’
Unlike most Philippine pageants, this new pageant franchise has nothing to do with physical beauty; not even brains. It is open only to those who claim to be journalists seeking fame and fortune by peddling intrigue and gossip-based information to the vulnerable public.
This year’s dual-theme is: “All sound, no fury,” and “All substance, no content.”
Retired queen of all media Kris Aquino will host the pageant finals to be held at the Mall of Asia. The panel of judges is headed by ABS-CBN’s Doris Bigornia, Rappler’s Maria Ressa, self-proclaimed investigative journalist Raissa Robles, and former entertainers Cynthia Patag, Leah Navarro and Jim Paredes.